Ways2Work and Employers

Are you looking for support to recruit jobseekers in Bristol?

If you are an employer looking for help recruiting in the Bristol area, we can help!

Ways2Work is a free service to support employers to recruit staff. We specialise in working with employers recruiting entry-level and second-level staff from people who are seeking work in the Bristol area. We work closely with the Department for Work and Pensions, colleges, training providers and the back-to-work sector in Bristol and the West of England area. This maximises opportunities for employers to recruit from the widest possible pool of potential employees.

We can offer you space at jobs fairs, networking opportunities and connections with training providers who can get you candidates with the skills you need to succeed.

We are not a recruitment agency as we do not supply staff. What we can do is to ensure that your vacancy information is spread through our extensive network of contacts working directly with people looking for work.

COVID-19 Update:

Although our activity has changed, we are still running jobs fairs and network meetings online. Please get in touch if you think we can help you.

You might also be interested in some of the business support available in the region at the moment. Please visit our Covid Business Support page.

Ways2Work runs Jobs Fairs across Bristol in consultation with the South West Jobs Fair Steering Group. There are three main jobs fairs in a year: South Bristol Jobs Fair in February, Cabot Circus Jobs Fair in June and City Hall Jobs Fair in October. In addition to these, there are smaller jobs fairs which are sector-based or located in specific geographical areas in the city.

Ways2Work has quarterly network meetings where people working in the employment and skills sector get together to share information about skills and support provision in the West of England. We offer featured speaking slots at every meeting for employers who have vacancies to offer.

We can connect you with training providers who will be able to address your organisation’s skills and recruitment needs. These could be:

  • Short focused courses for people who may want to work for you to build skills quickly.
  • If you want to re-balance your work-force to more closely reflect the area you work in, we may be able to offer suggestions to achieve this.
  • Linking with organisations offering apprenticeships or traineeships. If you are considering recruiting now for your future staff, we can point you to those organisations.
  • If you are seeking staff at higher levels, we have contacts who may be able to help.

If we don’t think we can help directly, we will signpost you to a more appropriate organisation.

Need more information?

Contact our Employer Account Officer, Chris Mitchell.


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Ways2Work Website Maintenance

We’re spending a couple of weeks performing website maintenance on the Ways2Work website. This means that our news and calendar will not be updated while the work is ongoing. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we will be improving the speed and features of the website in the coming weeks. Thanks for your patience and we’ll be back with you soon. Lucy – Ways2Work 18/11/2020

National Careers Service – Virtual Job Fair 16/11/20

On Monday, 16 November 2020 the National Careers Service is hosting a virtual job fair where they will be promoting a range of live job opportunities. As part of the event the National Careers Service will be hosting webinars on the day. You can see details of the webinars being offered and how to join them on the webinar flyer. And details of the virtual jobs fair on the jobs fair flyer.

Learning Disability Work Week 9th – 15th November

LOCAL BRISTOL MAN SUPPORTS HIS COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC Mencap celebrates helping Richard Yendle achieve his dreams this Learning Disability Work Week (9th – 15th November 2020) With people with a learning disability and/or autism facing significant barriers to job entry, Mencap is celebrating helping local Bristol man Richard Yendle, who has a learning disability, into employment. As a keyworker working at Sainsbury’s through the COVID crisis, Richard is one of the people society has relied on to keep the country moving through the most difficult of times. Like many people with a learning disability Richard, from Bristol, tried hard to find work but faced many barriers: “I just wanted a company that would take me on and give me a paid job, so I can show what I can do.” After receiving support from Mencap, he started working at a Sainsbury’s in Bristol four years ago. Now Richard is happy and proud in his role, and does a number of roles in the supermarket from working on the tills to cleaning and assisting customers. He now has a message for other people with a learning disability: “Take your time and be patient. Take every opportunity that comes up and be prepared.” Employers report that people with a learning disability and/or autism are often dedicated to their job and reduce staff turnover – as well as help to boost staff morale, champion inclusion and enhance diversity within organisations. Paid employment can help make people feel valued and equal, included in society, and increase their independence and self-esteem. But while people with a learning disability and/or autism can work and want to work, they are often shut out of employment which can have a hugely negative impact on their quality of life. People Mencap support have often faced barriers because of stigma, a lack of understanding about learning disability and autism, and unwillingness to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace. Many people simply fall at the first hurdle because the recruitment process is inaccessible. Often all that is needed is small and cost-effective reasonable adjustments to open the doors for people with a learning disability and/or autism who want to work, such as offering accessible application forms or even something as simple as holding a work trial instead of a traditional job interview. Other adjustments include offering on-the-job support through job coaches who can be provided through government funding. Mark Capper, Head of Development in the Lifestyles & Work team at the learning disability charity Mencap, said: “The world of work has been thrown upside down by COVID, now is the time for employers to think differently about who they hire. This year every employer has had to adapt and innovate to support their workforce through this unprecedented time. Including people with different experiences and skills will only enhance businesses and their offer. “People with a learning disability and autism can work and want to work and with the right support they can also make fantastic employees – with some even working as the keyworkers we’ve all relied on to keep things moving. They just need a chance to show they can do it.” Emily Donaghy, Recruitment Manager at Sainsbury’s said: “At Sainsbury’s we are proud to have been supported by Mencap in the past and this has helped us to hire a number of individuals with a learning disability into our retail roles across the UK. By providing us access to individuals that may not find our usual recruitment process accessible, Mencap supports us in becoming a fully inclusive employer.” Through its employment programmes, Mencap supports people with a learning disability and autism to become more independent and develop their employability as well as helping people to find work placements. Work experience, alongside training courses, gives people the real training they need to get on the employment ladder. Mencap is also inviting employers to find out how they can open their doors to people with a learning disability and/or autism this Learning Disability Work Week. The charity can support with everything from making application processes more accessible through to providing job coaches, ultimately helping to open opportunities for this untapped talent pool. Follow us on Twitter @BristolMencap Get more from Mencap. Find out more about how our Employ Me service is helping more  people with a learning disability in to paid employment. www.mencap.org.uk/employment We’re campaigning to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital. Will you join us? Find out more at www.mencap.org.uk/treatmewell #TreatMeWell Do you love and care for somebody with a learning disability? Visit our online community and connect with other parents and family carers. www.mencap.org.uk/onlinecommunity.

Vacancies for Tutors at N-Gaged Training

Due to continuous growth, N-Gaged Training is currently recruiting tutors.  Please see the job descriptions below for more details of the roles. Logistics Tutor Construction Tutor Trainee Forklift Tutor If interested in applying please send CVs to: michele.ford@n-gaged.co.uk or call 0117 971 0883 for more information.

Labour Market Statistics, IES Analysis – November 2020

IES Briefing Note Tuesday 10 November 2020 Labour Market Statistics, November 2020 Today’s figures show that the labour market continued to weaken through July to September, weighed down by the ongoing fallout from the first lockdown.  Employment fell and unemployment rose, with the latter reaching its highest since late 2016.  Lower employment has been driven both by more people leaving work, and fewer people moving (back) into it – with job separations dominating during lockdown itself, but weak hiring playing more of a role in the recovery. Redundancies reached a new peak in the three months to September, and we forecast that these will continue to rise in the next two months before falling back in the new year.  While the growth in redundancies is alarming, today’s figures have not been anywhere near as bad as they could have been.  The 315 thousand rise in redundancies this quarter, and even the 570 thousand fall in employment since the crisis began, have been dwarfed by the extraordinary figure that around five million workers who were ‘away’ from work during lockdown had so far returned to work by the end of September. Hiring and vacancies are likely being held back in part by the significant spare capacity in firms as furlough unwound, and by continued economic uncertainty.  However there were signs that vacancies had started to recover more strongly in September and October, driven in particular by smaller employers.  While still not back to pre-crisis levels, and although likely to fall back again during November, this does nonetheless suggest that hiring could return relatively quickly if the conditions are right. The significant falls in employment since the crisis began appear to be being driven by lower self-employment amongst men – particularly full-time work – and lower part-time employment amongst women (employee and self-employed).  This has been offset by significant rises in full-time employment for women – which is now comfortably at its highest ever level and rate.  Under-employment also appears to be creeping up, with more part-time workers wanting to increase their hours. Once again, there are signs that young people are bearing the brunt of the crisis – with youth employment down by more than 300 thousand (54% of the total) and the youth employment rate falling to its lowest since 2014.  This has however been more than offset by rising participation in education – although this should be treated with some caution, as in practice this is describing July to September, so a time when many of those ‘in education’ will have been waiting for courses to start. Worryingly, today’s quarterly disability employment figures suggest that progress in narrowing the (very wide) employment gap for disabled people has stalled during this crisis and may be at risk of going into reverse.  Disabled people are now more than two-and-a-half times more likely to be out of work than their non-disabled peers. All told, the labour market had been in decent shape in the summer and early autumn, with most of the most negative impacts largely reflecting the continued fallout from the first lockdown in the spring.  However, the second lockdown in November will bring with it a double dip, and likely further deterioration on the jobs market through the winter.  This will be added to by uncertainty around Brexit.  With the Spending Review just a few weeks away, the Chancellor needs to look at measures to get hiring going again and quickly – in particular by raising the National Insurance threshold so as to reduce labour taxes for firms, and by boosting departmental budgets so that public sector employment can pick up more of the slack from the private sector. Download the paper IES on LinkedIn IES on Twitter IES Website Copyright © 2020 Institute for Employment Studies, All rights reserved.

Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – Get ready to claim

COVID-19 Support New Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance is now available on GOV‌.UK. To check if you’re eligible and to get ready to claim from this week, go to GOV‌.UK and search ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’. You’ll be able to apply for CJRS online from Wednesday‌‌‌ ‌11‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ ‌November – for periods from 1 ‌November. You will need to submit any claims for November by 14‌‌ ‌December. What’s new in the support available CJRS has been extended to 31 ‌March 2021 for all parts of the UK. From 1 November, the UK Government will pay 80% of employees’ usual wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. This will be reviewed in January. You and your employees do not need to have benefited from the scheme before to claim for periods from 1 November. Go to GOV‌‌‌‌.UK for the full eligibility criteria. HMRC intends to publish details of employers who use the scheme for claim periods from December, and employees will be able to find out if their employer has claimed for them under the scheme. There are now monthly deadlines for claims. Claims for periods starting on/after 1 November must be submitted within 14 calendar days after the month they relate to, unless this falls on a weekend in which case the deadline is the next weekday. For further details go to GOV‌‌‌‌.UK and search ‘Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’. The Job Retention Bonus will no longer be paid in February‌‌‌ ‌2021 and an alternative retention incentive will be put in place at the appropriate time. The launch of the Job Support Scheme has also been postponed. What you need to do now Submit any claims for periods up to 31 October on or before 30‌‌‌ ‌November. Claims for periods up to 31 October will not be accepted after 30‌‌‌ ‌November. Claims are subject to eligibility and the rules in force at the time. Search ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ on GOV‌‌‌‌.UK for full eligibility criteria. What you need to do for your claims – for periods from 1 November Read the new guidance – go to GOV‌‌‌‌.UK and search ‘Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ – to check if you and your employees are eligible. Agree working hours with any employees you wish to furlough for November and agree any changes to their employment contract. Work out how much you can claim for your employees using our CJRS calculator and examples. Search for ‘Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ on GOV‌‌‌‌.UK. Submit any claims for periods from 1 November no later than 14‌‌‌ ‌December. You will need to keep any records that support the amount of CJRS grant you claim, in case HMRC needs to check them. You can view, print or download copies of your previously submitted claims by logging onto your CJRS service on GOV‌‌‌‌.UK. Further support Thousands of people have viewed, and benefited from, our live webinars which now offer more support on changes to CJRS, and how they affect you. To book online, or to view updated guidance, go to GOV‌‌‌‌.UK and search ‘help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus’. Our phone lines and webchat remain very busy, so the quickest way to find the support you need is on GOV‌‌‌‌.UK. This will leave our phone lines and webchat service open for those who need them most. Protect yourself from scams    Stay vigilant about scams, which may mimic government messages as a way of appearing authentic. Search ‘scams’ on GOV‌‌.UK for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact. You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 6‌0599. Access the National Cyber Security Centre’s new guide on how to stay secure online and protect yourself or your business against cyber crime by searching ‘Cyber Aware’ on GOV‌‌‌‌‌‌.UK. To find out all of the ways you can contact us and our opening times go to GOV.UK – contact HMRC

Business info: lockdown rules, financial support, and more

Government announces additional support for businesses As a result of the 5 November lockdown, the government has increased the economic support available to businesses. This includes the following: Furlough: Furlough has been extended until end the of March. It was initially due to be replaced by the Job Support Scheme at the start of November, but due to national lockdown, furlough will stay in place. The government will pay 80% of employees wages until the end of March, with a review in January. Mortgage holidays: Mortgage payment holidays have been extended. Borrowers who have been impacted by coronavirus and have not yet had a mortgage payment holiday will be entitled to a six month holiday, and those that have already started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to six months without this being recorded in their credit file. Self Employed Income Support Scheme: The government has doubled the amount that self-employed individuals will receive, from 40% to 80% of their average trading profits for November. Business grants: If you run a business that is required to close due to national restrictions, you will be eligible for a business grant. Bristol City Council is awaiting detailed policy guidance to inform the application process for these grants, and will have a webpage ready for applications to the Local Restricted Grant (closed) live later this week. Read more on the GOV.UK website Bristol businesses invited to Living Wage event This week is Living Wage Week, and Bristol City Council is holding a free online Living Wage City Celebration, on Wednesday 11 November at 3.30pm. We are inviting businesses from the city and surrounding areas to come along and learn about the Living Wage. We are aware that with national lockdown in place and businesses feeling anxious, changing wages might not be the top of your priority list. That’s why we’re inviting business owners to attend the event with absolutely no obligation – just come and listen. A wide range of employers from across Bristol will be at the event, as well as guests from across the UK. The Mayor of Bristol will be speaking, and there will be an opportunity to hear from recently accredited Living Wage employers on how and why they made their decision to pay the real Living Wage to their staff. Register here Lockdown 2.0: which businesses need to close? England is now in national lockdown. Hospitality businesses, leisure facilities, holiday accommodation, non-essential shops, and close-contact services such as hairdressers must all close from 5 November. However, there are exceptions to these restrictions. Non-essential retail can open for ‘click and collect’, whereby items are pre-ordered and collected without entering the premises. People can also leave home to collect or return orders from these businesses. Additionally, hospitality businesses can remain open for takeaway of food and non-alcoholic drinks between 5am and 10pm. Hospitality businesses can also provide food and drinks between 10pm and 5am, via ‘click and collect’ and drive through only. Alcohol can also be sold for consumption off the premises via delivery, ‘click and collect’ and drive through. It must be pre-ordered and collected without entering the premises. To read more about restrictions on the GOV.UK website, click here For Bristol-specific hospitality guidance, click here Quick updates •  As part of next week’s Festival of Economics, Business West will be hosting an online event to delve into the local and regional business response to the pandemic, as well as recovery and rebuild planning. Sign up here •  Additionally, Business West is looking for local businesses to take part in its quarterly survey, where your views can be aired directly to MPs and Ministers, government departments and council officials. Take part here •  Bristol’s independent gift stores have come together to encourage shoppers to buy local in the run up to Christmas. Shop Bristol is a directory of 23 lifestyle and present stores from across the city. •  WECA’s Growth Hub has a range of programmes and information to help businesses during this difficult time, including business support, mental health training and more. Click here to visit the Growth Hub •  Bristol Technology Festival 2020 is taking place this week, till Sunday 15 November; more here •  The consultation on new Traffic Clean Air Zone options for central Bristol closes on Sunday 22 November; find out more and give your views here •  Bridge to Equality – a new report from Babbasa – focuses on understanding the needs of ethnically diverse young people in Bristol and includes recommendations to help bridge the employment and opportunity equality gap, with key actions for employers, education providers, communities and policy makers; read the report here •  The Office for National Statistics has issued a report on the health, social and economic impact of COVID-19 for the period of March to October 2020. Read the report here •  Boost with Facebook Online, in partnership with Be the Business, have launched a programme to help SMEs in the UK to restart and recover. Discover more Please share this newsletter with any businesses you think would benefit from it. If they would like to receive future emails, they can click the ‘Subscribe’ button below. Subscribe Follow us on LinkedIn Visit our website Follow us on Twitter Copyright © 2020 Bristol City Council, All rights reserved. This newsletter is brought to you by the council’s economic development team.

UK Research and Innovation ESRC funding opportunities Update

Engaging the public with Census 2021 05-11-2020 11:37 AM GMT Apply for funding for public engagement activity linked to Census 2021. You must be a UK-based researcher at doctoral level or higher. Your research must focus on arts and humanities, or economic and social sciences. Your activity must take place between February and April 2021.

Wheels to Work update Nov 2020

An update on a couple of things Wheels to Work related: Travelwest website and Wheels to Work referral form – The new Travelwest website is being launched today (05/11/2020). So that does mean that it could be down for parts of the day. If you are unable to make a Wheels to Work referral using the online form, please get in touch with Louise over email. Note that the URL to the online form and Wheels to Work pages shouldn’t be any different following the new website launch: https://travelwest.info/wheels-to-work-west/bristol/wheels-to-work-referral Lockdown and Wheels to Work – With the nation going in to another lockdown starting from today, here is how W2W will be affected: We will still be running our Wheels to Work offers for anyone that will be attending work opportunities, training or interviews in person, for those industries with workplaces that are still able to operate during lockdown For eligible individuals, you can still offer up to 1 month of bus tickets, or a £100 discount on a refurbished bike. When it comes to bus tickets, please push mTickets for those that can use them rather than paper ones, and please focus on the bike offer as provides a long term solution for the client and an alternative to using public transport. We can still offer virtual personalised travel planning to clients (where we would book them a 1-1 session with a travel advisor to chat to them about their travel and route options) I recognise that this is quite a challenging time for all. This is just a reminder that getting outdoors for exercise (if it is safe for you to do so) over lockdown can be really beneficial to both physical and mental health. If your clients or yourselves would like any route suggestions and advice on walking visit Travelwest. It could also be a great time to start cycling and build your confidence as we anticipate the roads to be quieter. For loan bikes and advice on cycling in Bristol visit Better By Bike. For some extra motivation during lockdown if you do have a bike, join Love to Ride!